Cats are hunters by nature and cat toys play the role of hunted in mock hunting games Cats are also intelligent and naturally inquisitive, so if the toy moves, or can be pounced upon and preferably squeeks as well, then this the toy of choice.
Companion cats tend not to get as much exercise as they did previously hunting for a living, so it’s up to the owner to provide toys that both exercise their bodies and keep their minds active to prevent boredom and anxiety.
Cat Toys to avoid
- Toys larger than the cat or kitten,
- Small toys that can be swallowed causing choking
- Toys impregnated with toxins, irritants or dyes
Cat Toys to consider
- String toys
- Lightweight balls
- Soft toys
- Moving toys
- Sqeeky toys
Simple lengths of string pulled along the floor invites attention, stalking and pouncing. When you tire of entertaining your cat, tie the sting from a door knob, so the game can continue.
Lightweight balls are something cats can entertain themselves with. Balls containing bells keeps cats entertainer for hours.
Soft toys are comforting to kittens and cats alike, place a few in their bed. Stuff one of the toys with catnip – cats find it irresistible.
Moving toys of any kind are the toys of choice, make sure you have one or two for your cat when he’s is at his most energetic.
Squeeky toys are also much loved by cats, and something they can play with on their own.
Cats make wonderful and entertaining companions, cat toys keep them happy and occupied and helps prevent boredom and anxiety
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